Hometown Advantage? Ha!

by Sail Staff, Posted September 11, 2005
In the September issue of SAIL we ask the question, Do you believe in the hometown advantage? I don't, not in sailing.

It's a revered concept, but in 2005 we've had three world championships on my home waters of San Francisco Bay, California, USA. And we had winners from Australia, the Netherlands, and Chile. Locals did well, but . . .

29er Worlds: Jacqui Bonnitcha & Euan McNicol,

Gear and Reviews

Koch exhibit anchors at Boston's MFA

by Sail Staff, Posted September 2, 2005

America³ and Il Moro di Venezia, the 1992 America's Cup contenders, are once again doing battle—only this time on the front lawn of Boston's Museum of Fine Arts (MFA).

The two yachts, owned by the often controversial winning skipper of the 1992 campaign, Bill Koch, are suspended in action as part of a recent exhibition entitled, Things I Love: The


Flying fingers and so much more

by Sail Staff, Posted August 22, 2005
You think things get hurried on your mark roundings? The tactician aboard the new 98-foot Alfa Romeo at Hamilton Island Race Week (Hahn Premium Race Week) worried about seven-minute legs and four-minute setups for the windward-leeward courses in the middle of the seven days of racing. This on "a boat that's just like any other boat, except that the people all look like ants."

In the

Boat Reviews

Leopard 40

by Sail Staff, Posted August 11, 2005

South African catamaran specialist Robertson and Caine has been known for building production boats that were distinctively South African, with bridgedeck clearances slightly lower than those seen on French or Canadian cruising cats and hull shapes a bit wider in the stern to provide more buoyancy aft. The thinking was that a lower bridgedeck reduces the boat’s center of

Boat Reviews

Hunter 27

by Sail Staff, Posted August 10, 2005

Not so long ago, compact coastal cruisers usually provided cramped quarters and minimal comfort, but the new Hunter 27 is cut from an entirely different mold. It’s only 27 feet long, but its 6 feet, 2 inches of headroom and nearly 10 feet of beam provide enough internal volume for cruising amenities not often found on 27-foot boats. Being able to stand up down below is

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